[koh-lee-op-ter-uh n, kol-ee-]
  1. a beetle.

Origin of coleopteran

First recorded in 1840–50; Coleopter(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun Also: coleopteron
  1. any of the insects of the cosmopolitan order Coleoptera, in which the forewings are modified to form shell-like protective elytra. The order includes the beetles and weevils
adjective Also: coleopterous
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the order Coleoptera

Word Origin for coleopteran

C18: from New Latin Coleoptera, from Greek koleoptera, from koleopteros sheath-winged, from koleon sheath + pteron wing
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[kō′lē-ŏptər-ən, kŏl′ē-]
  1. Any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by forewings modified to form tough protective covers for the membranous hind wings. Coleopterans include the beetles, weevils, and fireflies.
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